This portrait film is exceptional, excellent. It’s a mix of narratives, situations and atmosphere that help us see Maniitsoq, Greenland, the complex relationship Greenland has with Denmark, and what it is to be human with responsibilities and dependencies.

Pov.International

«Winter’s Yearning» is a cinematic film about dreams, lives on hold and the human capacity to rise again.

When the American aluminium giant ALCOA decides to build their next aluminium plant in Maniitsoq, Greenland, the citizens of the small finishing town have high hopes. Could this be the first major step towards Greenlandic independence? But as years go by and ALCOA is nowhere to be seen, the people of Maniitsoq fall into a state of waiting. The future has been postponed, but for how long?

A social worker, a young woman, and the town’s aluminium coordinator are the main protagonists in this portray of a small society that yearns for change and progress. A progress that in the end comes from an unexpected place.

Directed by
Sidse Torstholm Larsen & Sturla Pilskog

77 & 52 min
Produced by Blåst Film (Norway),
Bullitt Film (Denmark) & Ánorâk Film (Greenland)

International Sales & Distribution:
Cat & Docs

“Winter’s Yearning is an excellent film. Carefully and reasonable, but without hesitating, we derive at the heart of Greenland’s situation as it looks like today. We are brought there through the lives of Gideon, Peter and Kirsten. Three different characters that in a surprising and efficient way complement each other. Kirsten’s life sheds light on Gideons work as a therapist, while Peter is trying to get Maniitsoq out of a difficult economic situation. They haven’t lost hope yet, winter’s yearning is facing a spring we all hope is coming. But while waiting we have gotten to know three people that are both ordinary and unique at the same time.”

Read more here (in Norwegian)

Gunnar Iversen

Rushprint Film Magazine

“In a world beholden only to material interests, human lives recede into the background. It does not have to be this way, at least in the small worlds we create for ourselves to make the larger one tolerable.”

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Rebecca Liu

Anothergaze.com

Allow yourself the pleasure of watching this beautiful, remarkable film about the Greenland I know so well. What do you do when the promise of the big aluminium industry project – your town’s economic savior – fails to materialize? You turn your camera focus where it’s really needed.

I really like how the men are presented in the film. When speaking of Greenland, there is a tendency to talk of the men as being closed. It’s touching and so powerful to get to know men in the film who are really level-headed and honest – emotionally naked. It is one of the film’s great strengths

Iben Mondrup

Author

She is beautiful, the cinematography is beautiful, it is beautiful listening to what she says.  The sub-titles for this wonderful slow language should have been translated with as much care as is given any great literary work. The scene is beautiful, Henrik Bohn Ipsen is the cinematographer, and I cannot praise him enough. The cinematography alone lays the foundation for another classical, major work about a town – in this case Maniitsoq, Greenland.

Read more here (in danish)

Allan Berg Nielsen

Filmkommentaren.dk

I don’t think I’ve ever watched a better and more authentic film about Greenlanders and their concerns. Thank you!

Else Lidegaard

Journalist & Author

This is a film many should watch. It describes the political situation and the lives, thoughts and feelings of Greenlanders. In Denmark, it’s really popular to feel sorry for Greenlanders, and this pity is disempowering. This is a film about Greenlanders who are not stricken by catastrophes. Rather, they live normal lives as do most Greenlanders. I really hope it gains momentum and gets a wide distribution here in Denmark. It’s really needed.

Kim Leine

Author

“From snowstorms to the calm, comforting crunch of freshly fallen snow; from community therapy sessions to fish factories; from older men speaking earnestly in a sauna to younger people getting wasted at the local bar – people are complex and nations multifarious, and Winter’s Yearning refuses to simplify its subjects.”

Read more here

Miranda Mungai

Open City Documentary Film Festival

LINKS

Presskit & Pressphotos

CONTACT INFO:

Directors

Sturla Pilskog +45 50220594

Sidse Torstholm Larsen +45 61673099

Sales/Distribution

Cat&Docs +33 1 44 61 77 48

Producers

Sturla Pilskog

Are Kvalnes Pilskog

Vibeke Vogel (Denmark)

Emile Hertling Péronard (Greenland)

SCREENINGS 2019

30th & 31st of October – Nordische Filmtage Lübeck

21st of October – Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York

Nominated Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award

28th & 30th of September, 3rd of October – Reykjavik International Film Festival

30th of September – Bergen International Film Festival

21st & 22nd of September – Nordisk Panorama – Malmö

Nominated for Best Nordic Documentary

15th of September – Duhok International Film Festival

Nominated World Documentaries Competition

8th of September – Open City Documentary Festival, London

21st of June, 21:30 – DR (TV-version 53min) 

16th&17th of June – Valletta Film Festival, Malta
Nominated for Cinema of Small Nations Competitions – Feature Films

16th-30th of May – In Cinemas in Greenland (Nuuk, Ilullissat & Sisimiut)

14th&15th of May – Maniitsoq – Greenland Premiere 

10th&12th of May – Nordic/Docs Fredrikstad, Norway
Nominated for best Feature Documentary Film 

5&7th of May – Doxa Vancouver, Canada

21st of April – Moscow International Film Festival – Documentary Centre
21st of April – Moscow International Film Festival – International Premiere
Nominated for best International Documentary Film

31st of March – Cph:Dox Dagmar
28th of March – Cph:Dox on Tour Vejle
26th of March – Cph:Dox – Grand Copenhagen
24th of March – Cph:Dox on Tour
21st of March – Cph:Dox on Tour Randers
21st of March – Cph:Dox – World Premiere
Nominated for best Nordix:Dox Documentary Film

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FILM FACTS & CREDITS

 

Duration: 77′ / 52′ – HD, 2K, 4k

Location: Maniitsoq, Greenland

Language: Greenlandic (English & Danish)

Subtitles: English

A production by Blåst Film (Norway)
in co-production with Bullitt Film (Denmark) & Ánorâk Film (Greenland)

Directors: Sidse Torstholm Larsen & Sturla Pilskog

Written & developed by: Sidse Torstholm Larsen & Sturla Pilskog

Cinematography: Henrik Bohn Ipsen

Editor: Åsa Mossberg

Sound designer & Mixer: Niels Arild

Music by: Sebastian Öberg

Colorist: Mats Andersen

Poster design: Mia Sehlin

Producers: Sturla Pilskog & Are Kvalnes Pilskog

Co-producers: Vibeke Vogel, Emile Hertling Péronard & Inuk Silis Høegh

Supported by Norwegian Film Institute, Western Norway Film Centre, Danish Film Institute, Fond for lyd og bilde, EU MEDIA, The Greenlandic Self Rule Government, Zefyr Media Fund, Freedom of Speech Foundation, KNR (Greenlandic Broadcaster) & DR.

Developed during NFI:LAB Til Forum 2013, EDN:Twelve for the Future 2014 & EURODOC 2017

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